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YugabyteDB Savepoints: Checkpointing Work in Distributed Transactions

Yugabyte brings best-in-class performance, scalability, and availability to YugabyteDB, a fully PostgreSQL-compatible SQL database. Because YugabyteDB’s architecture uses PostgreSQL at the SQL layer, we get a long-tail of PostgreSQL compatibility for free. But implementing savepoints requires deeper integration into YugabyteDB’s distributed persistence and transaction layers. 

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why you should care about savepoints. We’ll also examine how we built savepoints into YugabyteDB’s distributed transaction layer,

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My Yugabyte Journey into Distributed SQL Databases

This post was written by Nim Wijetunga, a Yugabyte intern during fall 2021. Nim’s currently a software engineering student at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

My journey into distributed databases began in early 2021. I was an intern at Snowflake and was part of the core FoundationDB (FDB) team. FDB is an open source distributed key-value store. Snowflake and Apple are currently the largest contributors (and maintainers) of FDB.

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YugabyteDB Migration: What About Those 19 Oracle Features I Thought I Would Miss?

In 2019, I gave a presentation with the title, “19 features you will miss if you leave Oracle.” The talk focused on features used every day with Oracle—and those that may not be available in other databases. However, the goal of this presentation was not to influence any decision or outcome. 

Migrating from a commercial database is not about covering a full set of features. It’s a strategy to stay in control of the software that processes and stores enterprise data.

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Tutorial: How to Deploy Multi-Region YugabyteDB on GKE Using Multi-Cluster Services

The evolution of “build once, run anywhere” containers and Kubernetes—a cloud-agnostic, declarative-driven orchestration API—have made a scalable, self-service platform layer a reality. Even though it is not a one size fits all solution, a majority of business and technical challenges are being addressed. Kubernetes as the common denominator gives scalability, resiliency, and agility to internet-scale applications on various clouds in a predictable, consistent manner. But what good is application layer scalability if the data is still confined to a single vertically scalable server that can’t exceed a predefined limit?

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Distributed SQL Tips and Tricks – January 14th, 2022

Welcome back to our tips and tricks blog! I have the pleasure of recapping distributed SQL questions from around the Internet.

This blog series would not be possible without Dorian Hoxha, Franck Pachot, and  Frits Hoogland. We also thank our incredible user community for not being afraid to ask questions.

Do you have questions? Make sure to ask them on our YugabyteDB Slack channel,

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Tutorial: Getting Started with YugabyteDB and Docker

When developing modern applications, it is important to maintain dev/prod parity (that is, keep development, staging, and production as similar as possible). This should also extend to the local development environment.  However, containerization makes it easy to achieve consistency across all environments, even with more complicated components such as databases.

YugabyteDB is a cloud-native, distributed SQL database that is also PostgreSQL compatible. This interoperability makes it possible for developers to leverage existing tools,

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How a Fortune 500 Retailer Weathered a Regional Cloud Outage with YugabyteDB

On the heels of an incredibly difficult 2020, my fellow Texans and I had the misfortune of experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm. To be true, at the time, it felt like much more than a snowstorm. It wasn’t just snowfall in Texas. It was a snow-pocalypse.

However, once the storm settled, I explored how the rest of Texas had fared. I discovered some of the companies who run applications in production on YugabyteDB were also affected.

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Multi-Cloud Distributed SQL: Avoiding Region Failure with YugabyteDB

As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels often reminds us: ”Everything fails, all the time”. This means any component of the infrastructure will fail at some point. However, with more and more software being deployed in the cloud, today’s infrastructure must provide redundancy. In addition, the applications that sit on top of it must provide continuity over failures.

This involves database replication when the failure concerns data in motion. But there are different levels of failures and different protection technologies.

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How Abra Controls Transforms Energy Companies with Yugabyte Cloud

Abra Controls provides wireless pressure monitoring and data aggregation solutions. It serves energy companies in the U.S. and Canada. Its customers optimize hydraulic fracturing operations and ensure regulatory compliance.

The company’s marquee offering is its mobile sensors and in-the-field service. Part of its service is a cloud IoT application. As a result, it collects and aggregates massive amounts of sensor data from hydraulic fracturing sites. It also provides a responsive web application that lets users visualize that data.

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Distributed SQL Tips and Tricks – December 16th, 2021

Welcome back to our tips and tricks blog! I have the distinct pleasure of recapping distributed SQL questions from around the Internet for the month of December.

This ongoing series would not be possible without Dorian Hoxha, Franck Pachot, and  Frits Hoogland. We also thank our incredible user community for their work with the technology.

Do you have any questions? Ask them on our YugabyteDB Slack channel,

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